Wait, what?!?! Yes, as the headline suggests, Sony Pictures could yet still give audiences a Sinister Six movie.
If you remember back, ahead of the release of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony boldly announced release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, Venom and The Sinister Six. Of course, ASM2 was a complete and utter disappointment on every level, causing Sony to shelve plans for the rest of those movies at that time. Now with Venom having finally been brought to big-screen life, it looks as if we may get that Sinister Six picture after all.
During that time, genre fave Drew Goddard – best known for directing The Cabin in the Woods, writing Cloverfield, and helping to develop Marvel’s Daredevil – was signed up to write and direct The Sinister Six, and Sony’s Amy Pascal has now discussed how she’d be keen to finally get Goddard’s Sinister Six up and running.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Pascal enthused, “I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
For his part in all of this, Goddard has always reiterated how he’d been open to finally tackling some of Spider-Man’s most infamous rogues. In fact, it was only this past October where he again expressed his interest in teaming some of ol’ Web-head’s greatest villains up.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that The Sinister Six is again alive and well, but it certainly opens up the possibility that we may see this nefarious group on the big screen at some point. After all, Sony is currently fleshing out its cinematic Spider-Verse that began with the Tom Hardy-headlined Venom. The Jared Leto-starring Morbius the Living Vampire is to start shooting next year ahead of a 2020 release, and then there are solo outings in various stages of development for Black Cat, Silver Sable, Silk, Nightwatch, Jackpot, and Kraven the Hunter.
The original comic book Sinister Six team was made up of Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Kraven, Mysterio, Electro, and Sandman; the group pooling their resources after being individually embarrassed by Spider-Man over the years. Since its inception in 1964, there’s been various villainous types join the group, not to mention expansions to being The Sinister Seven and even The Sinister Twelve.
It’s worth noting that during the Sony email hack of 2014, it was revealed that Tom Hardy was actually the top choice to play The Sinister Six’s Sandman, Sean Penn and Woody Harrelson were up for Doctor Octopus, Colin Firth was seen as the perfect Vulture, Emily Blunt and Emilia Clarke were up for Scorpia, and Channing Tatum was viewed as the ideal Venom. Other names considered for roles were George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig, and Danny McBride. The point being, Sony had some major names planned for The Sinister Six. Well, before the picture was completely canned.
As ever, expect more on The Sinister Six if and when anything further develops.